Mike Zaher playing with the San Jose Earthquakes
|Full name||Michael Rory Zaher|
|Date of birth||September 24, 1985|
|Place of birth||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|2005||Boulder Rapids Reserve||6||(2)|
|2006–2007||San Fernando Valley Quakes||21||(1)|
|2009||San Jose Earthquakes||10||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 9, 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
College and amateur
Zaher attended Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, whom he led to the Nevada high school state championship in 2002; he scored 34 goals as a senior, 25 as a junior, 13 as a sophomore and six as a freshman for a total of 78 career goals. He also led his club soccer team, Las Vegas Premier, to seven Nevada state championships.
Zaher played college soccer at UCLA, where he majored in political science. He played in 70 games over four seasons, scoring twice in the run-up to the 2006 NCAA soccer championship game in St. Louis, which UCLA lost 2–1 to UC Santa Barbara. Zaher is a former member of the U.S. U-18 National Team, was listed at #21 in Soccer America's Top 25 recruits list, is a two-time Parade All-American, was a member of the 2004 McDonald’s All-American team and the 2003 NSCAA/adidas All-American team, was the Gatorade State Player of the Year in 2004, and was selected to the ESP All-Star Team in 2002 and 2003.
Zaher was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2008 MLS Superdraft by Canadian Major League Soccer side Toronto FC. However, his rights were traded to D.C. United for an undisclosed pick, and he was officially signed to the development roster on 17 April 2008. He made his professional debut for DC on 19 July 2008, coming on as a second half substitute for Bryan Namoff in a SuperLiga game against Houston Dynamo, and made his first MLS appearance came on August 20, 2008, starting against New England Revolution.
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